The Fall Festival of Shakespeare is a non-competitive region-wide collaboration between Portland Playhouse and area high schools. The Festival is a spectacular theatrical event, in part because student actors connect well to Shakespeare; they understand the passion, the large stakes, and the disaster. High school is not unlike an Elizabethan Tragedy.
The students are not only performers in the festival, but a large and vocal component of the audience. They are most active and vibrant theatre patrons you will ever encounter. They “oooh” and “ahhh”; call out “Oh no she didn’t”; scream and laugh. It’s the closest thing we have to how an Elizabethan audience at Shakespeare’s Globe might have reacted. It’s an unforgettable experience for the students involved, and an engaging cultural phenomenon for everyone to witness.
2013 Fall festival Schedule
Middle School Festival at the Playhouse
SUNDAY OCTOBER 27TH, 6PM
St. Andrew’s (Macbeth)
King (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
* 45 minute shows, one intermission. Students in the Festival are free.
* General admission: $10, $5(under 18). Cash or check at the door.
Fall Festival at the WinnINgstad Theatre (portland center for the performing arts)
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 2ND, 2PM
Ridgefield (Romeo & Juliet)
Catlin Gabel (The Tempest)
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 2ND, 7PM
Trillium (The Merry Wives of Windsor)
Roosevelt (The Taming of the Shrew)
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 3RD, 12 NOON
Franklin (The Winter’s Tale)
Fort Vancouver (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 3RD, 5PM
Hockinson (Comedy of Errors)
De La Salle (Twelfth Night)
Reverance (all schools)
* 75 minute shows
* Dinner break between the matinees and evening performances
* Students in the Festival are free.
* General admission, tickets on sale soon.
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